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Unsubscribe from unwanted and possibly dangerous emails

If you’ve signed up for online accounts and services, you likely get plenty of emails, some of them interesting and others not so much. It’s important to unsubscribe from, or block outright, any emails that look like phishing attempts (e.g., asking you to reply with personal information). Most emails from mailing lists have unsubscribe buttons […]

Disable tracking images from untrusted marketers

Many marketing emails contain invisible pixels for gauging if someone opened them. These can help ensure, through targeting, that recipients see only the most relevant emails. However, if you’re concerned about tracking, you can turn them off. Explore your email client’s settings for one that disables all images/remote content, or do so on a message-by-message […]

Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links

Users clicking on a malicious email attachment or a link commonly spread Malware. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re sure they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know. Be especially suspicious of attachments with sensational names, emails that contain misspellings, or emails that try to entice you into clicking […]

Don’t give away too much info in your out-of-office reply

You might have set up an email auto responder for anyone who messages you while you’re on vacation or otherwise not checking your workplace email. Don’t reveal too much information in these messages, as it might tip off someone to your whereabouts and facilitate theft or vandalism at your home.

Recognize at-risk email addresses in Gmail

Gmail supports standard TLS encryption for email, which protects messages in transit. This is not the same level of protection you get from a service like ProtonMail, but it’s still essential to have. Not all email services support even basic encryption, though. Gmail will alert to you ones that don’t – just look for a […]

Use email filters and spam tagging

Many email programs offer filtering capabilities that allow you to block certain addresses or to allow only email from addresses on your contact list. Many ISPs also offer spam tagging services that allow the user the option to review suspected spam messages before they are deleted. Spam tagging can be useful in conjunction with filtering […]